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Old 06-13-2015, 11:04 PM   #1
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Greetings. Soon to be Full Timer from Seattle

Hello, I'm David from Seattle, Washington

I am looking at an early medical disability retirement this coming year and the plan is to buy a used class A and with my two cats, SYSCO and Lovey, travel the country for the next 3-5 years or as long as my health holds out. I have family in the East Valley Phoenix suburbs so probably will be wintering there. Otherwise... I'll probably plan 6 months at a time.

Right now I am in the exploratory stages in searching for a coach. I've narrowed it down to a 36-41 foot class A Diesel Pusher, and now I have to pick a make, model and floor plan... and then the search for the actual purchase can take place. I dont have a huge budget so my max to spend on the coach is $50K with a $5K reserve for repairs/modifications/upgrades etc..

I am a foodservice professional and plan on remaining in the kitchen even on the road... So if anyone has any recommendations on coaches with great kitchens, please let me know.

We'll be talking... See you down the road!


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Hi David! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined us!

Hope you find the perfect rig for your needs!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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My favorite kitchen layout is outside with my grills, griddles and campfire to cook with
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Welcome to irv2 David.
Here is a coach up your line called the Tailgater, not sure how many were made but something to kept in mind. Here is one that's sold, may need a lottery win.
Here is a link to help you get started.
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Welcome..it's a great lifestyle. Might have a hard time finding a 36+ DP in your price range. On the either hand there would be a much greater chance of finding a decent gasser under 50K...just ran into a fellow who acquired a 2005 National Dolphin 38' with 17k miles for under 50K. Beautiful inside and out!
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Hi David. John from Tacoma here.

If nobody has mentioned it, there are independent RV inspectors (much like a home inspector) that can provide a real value to you. Before you plunk your hard earned money down, make the sale contingent on the inspection, and resolving any issues that are discovered.

If you want more info, PM me. (I'm not an inspector, by the way... )

I can put you in touch with a local guy.
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Thanks. I have every intention of using an independent inspector. I'm not going to give away that kind of cash without knowing EXACTALY what I'm getting!
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I know DPs are a little pricey but I really dont need a a fancy new one. I was looking in the 1999-2005 range and do find a few that would fit my needs and in my price range ( independent inspection concurring). My main reason is that they go forever. A CAT or a Cummins can easily have 500k on them but a Ford Triton is getting close to the end of life at 150K and a GM Workhorse at 200k
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